Ceramic Double Headed Syro-Hittite Pillar Figurine
The Hittites were of Anatolia, establishing a kingdom in the Bronze Age that reached its height in approximately the 14th century B.C.E. This piece most likely a represents a figure from their highly symbolic religion in which Storm gods figured prominently in intricate mythologies. There are numerous references to the Hittites in the Bible, usually depicted as living among the Israelites yet belonging to their own kingdoms outside Canaan.
This double-headed figurine is highly stylized with exaggerated eyes and noses surrounded by unique designs around the head. The details of the necks and the band that separates the head from the arms help to contain this piece and give it strength. The hands show individual fingers carefully laid across the figure’s breast in a protective embrace. This figurine is quite ancient and is in excellent condition to reveal a rare and beautiful form of early sculpture.
Cf. The Human Form Divine, The Bible Land Museum. No. 80, Pg 101